Bucs Linebackers Key To Stopping RGIII

September 30th, 2012

Stop Robert Griffin III and the Bucs will stop the Redskins. Easier said than done.

He may only be a rookie, but Robert Griffin III, better known as “RG3,” is taking the NFL by storm.

With only a handful of games under his belt, the Redskins quarterback looks to be the next big thing. Lighting fast, cannon for an arm, he has all the tools to be a very, very, very special player.

When Griffin walks to the Redskins huddle, “he is easily one of top-five fastest guys on the field,” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said earlier in the week.

“If that’s what Schiano says, you can believe it,” Bucs linebacker Quincy Black joked.

It is likely the Bucs linebackers who will have the major task of running down RGIII, and stopping his short passes, and on occasion, bringing heat with a blitz. So Joe decided to talk to the Bucs linebackers to get their read into RGIII.

“You always look forward to challenges and he is a very gifted athlete,” linebacker Mason Foster said, himself a rising NFL star. “He’s a great quarterback making a lot of plays for his team. This is the NFL, you love going up against guys like that. It’s a challenge. We are excited.”

The greatest challenge with RGIII is that he cannot be pigeonholed. Bottle him up in a pocket and he rocket a pass 40 yards downfield, or more. Flush him out of a pocket and he can run for 20 yards.

“He’s the Heisman Trophy winner!” Black said of RGIII’s talents.

“Just watching film, you can tell he makes a lot of plays,” Foster said. “He is very explosive. You can see him on film how fast he can run, whether it be in college or at the combine, everything.

“It will be tough but this is what you play in the NFL for.”

Bucs linebacker Lavonte David just missed facing RGIII in college. David, who played at Nebraska, which was a member of the Big XII his sophomore year, the same conference Baylor plays in, the school RGIII played for.

But Nebraska and Baylor were in two different divisions and the two teams never met David’s sophomore year. The next year, Nebraska moved to the Big Ten.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” David said of stopping RGIII. “There’s no doubt about it, we will have to be disciplined to be able to contain him, be responsible.”

3 Responses to “Bucs Linebackers Key To Stopping RGIII”

  1. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    No doubt RGIII is the real thing…more so than Newton is.

    But either way…Bucs win today.

  2. Teddy Says:

    Still waiting to see that gorgeous Redskins’ cheerleader pic that you post every time we play the scum-sucking Daniel Snyders. Can we expect it before 4:25 Eastern?

  3. Teddy Says:

    OK, I had to go look it up myself: